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Lisa0825 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-15-06 03:01 PM
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dealing with low ceilings
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I have a house built in the mid 60s with ceilings only about 8 feet high. The ceilings and doorways are very plain. I look at everyone's house very closely nowadays, trying to pinpoint details I like about them, and think about whether they would work to improve mine. One thing I noticed is that most newer houses have moulding around the ceiling and more detailed door frames, so I was thinking these were things I could possibly attempt to update on my own. But I was wondering if, since I have such low ceilings, adding moulding would make them look even lower? Or would certail types of moulding be better for this issue?

I have no moulding on the ceiling at all, and what is around my door frames and floor all looks very plain like the top piece of wood in this picture, only painted white to match the walls:

What about painting too... are there any painting techniques specifically to understate how low a ceiling is? Like, I have seen rooms where part of the wall is color and part white, and it has a divider on the wall... either a border or a piece of molding...would that be good or bad for a room with low ceilings? Should ceilings always be some kind of white?

Thanks for any suggestions! :-)
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  -dealing with low ceilings Lisa0825  Apr-15-06 03:01 PM   #0 
  - I googled "decorating low ceiling" and got some good ideas  AZDemDist6   Apr-15-06 03:36 PM   #1 
  - Thanks so much!  Lisa0825   Apr-15-06 04:03 PM   #2 
  - Our ceilings are 7"4" or so - I feel your pain!  eleny   Apr-15-06 04:38 PM   #3 
  - LOL  Lisa0825   Apr-15-06 04:43 PM   #4 
     - Windows make an enormous difference!  eleny   Apr-15-06 04:56 PM   #5 
        - I will be getting new windows, probably next year.  Lisa0825   Apr-15-06 05:01 PM   #6 
           - We didn't do ours all at once  eleny   Apr-15-06 05:31 PM   #8 
           - It's a good investment  Jersey Devil   Apr-19-06 06:18 PM   #21 
  - Put the curtain rods just under the ceiling.  politicat   Apr-15-06 05:26 PM   #7 
  - You are so right about the chandelier thing  eleny   Apr-15-06 05:33 PM   #9 
  - Consider picture molding  Husb2Sparkly   Apr-15-06 08:36 PM   #10 
  - ?? - 8 feet is a standard ceiling height  Jersey Devil   Apr-19-06 02:39 PM   #11 
     - Most of my friends and acquaintences have higher ceilings...  Lisa0825   Apr-19-06 04:33 PM   #12 
        - Your friends must live in older homes or an older, urban area  Jersey Devil   Apr-19-06 04:56 PM   #13 
           - No, these are newer homes....  Lisa0825   Apr-19-06 05:08 PM   #14 
           - Must be because I haven't seen that around here  Jersey Devil   Apr-19-06 05:17 PM   #16 
              - high ceilings are fairly abundant in the hotter climates  AZDemDist6   Apr-19-06 05:29 PM   #18 
                 - Thanks, learning something new here  Jersey Devil   Apr-19-06 05:34 PM   #19 
                    - exactly, you folks in the NE don't want to have to heat those high rooms  AZDemDist6   Apr-19-06 05:52 PM   #20 
           - Just found this...  Lisa0825   Apr-19-06 05:14 PM   #15 
              - very interesting, thanks  Jersey Devil   Apr-19-06 05:21 PM   #17 
                 - I live in the Houston area...  Lisa0825   Apr-19-06 08:54 PM   #22 

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